Richard Long's EarthSky Emerges

12 March, 2017
Richard Long's sculpture in the Stone Hall at Houghton Hal;l
Richard Long's sculpture in the Stone Hall at Houghton Hal;l
Richard Long’s work is rooted in his deep affinity and engagement with nature, developed during solitary walks. His new pieces in the grounds of Houghton Hall using local carrstone, trees from the Estate and slate accompany the permanent Long sculpture, Full Moon Circle, which was commissioned for Houghton Hall in 2003.

There will also be mud paintings and smaller-scale works in gallery spaces, as well as historic material relating to the artist’s career. The exhibition will be curated by Lorcan O’Neill, in association with the artist, and will be accompanied by a specially-produced catalogue.
Houghton Cross, Richard Long 2017

EARTH SKY opens on 30 April and runs until 26 October (selected days) will be the the significant installation since his retrospective at Tate in 2009, and will be a unique opportunity to see new site-specific works set within the historic landscape and gardens at Houghton. His exhibition can be seen alongside permanent artworks by a range of contemporary artists, including James Turrell, Zhan Wang, Jeppe Hein, Stephen Cox, Rachel Whiteread, Anya Gallaccio and Phillip King.

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Paul Vater, Director of Contemporary and Country

Paul Vater

Paul conducts studio visits to maintain strong relationships with artists, designers and craftspeople who show their work with us. He manages the main C&C website and has developed the online shop where selected works are presented for sale.


Paul established his design company, Sugarfree, in 1990 and quickly gained a reputation for delivering fresh, effective marketing campaigns and brand identities for clients including Save the Children Fund, United Nations Association and UNHCR. Over the years those added to the roster include IPC Magazines, Arts Council England, The Roundhouse, Barbican Centre, Arts Marketing Association, Look Ahead Housing and Care, Paddington Waterside, BBC Worldwide, Commonwealth Foundation, Prestel, City of London Corporation, Baker Street Quarter, Victoria BID and the University of East Anglia.